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Race Information:​

  • Date: Saturday 9 November 2024

  • Race Start Time: 7.30am

  • Max time on course: 10 hours

  • Race Start/Finish Location: Event HQ, Waipa MTB Carpark, Rotorua, Waipa State Mill Rd

  • Athlete Check In Time: Friday TBC 12pm-7pm, Saturday TBC 6am-7am

  • Athlete Check In Location: Event HQ, Waipa MTB Carpark, Rotorua, Waipa State Mill Rd

  • Prize giving: 3.00pm

Entry Fees:

  • FIFS Limited Offer while stocks last- $100

  • Ultra Early Bird - 4 Dec - 31 Jan - $150

  • Super Early Bird - 1 Feb - 30 Apr - $175

  • Early Bird - 1 May - 30 Aug - $185

  • Standard - 1 Sept - 23 Oct - $200

  • Late - 24 Oct - 9 Nov - $220

  • Group and Club rates available, please contact our team.

A 42km race circumnavigates the Whakarewarewa Forest hitting all 4 Peaks: Kohaturoa (Pohaturoa), Titokorangi, Moerangi and Kakapiko. This is a perfect practice outing for those participating in the Tarawera Ultramarathon 50km, 100km or 100mi events.


Kohaturoa (Pohaturoa), Titokorangi, Moerangi and Kakapiko – The Peaks that make up our ultimate challenge and the event that will crown our King and Queen of the Legend of the Peaks. The New Zealand Forest Marathon is a one of kind race that combines culture, nature, the living earth and the ultimate 42kms off-road race challenge. With approximately 1750m of elevation gain, this event provides an ideal launch platform for those who want to move on to Ultramarathons, or to test those who aspire to take on the world of endurance racing.

Approximate Range Totals:

Distance: 42.9kms

Elevation Profile: Min 294m, Avg 488m, Max 759m

Elevation Gain: 1750m

Max Slope Gradient: +43.1%, -34.4%

Average Slope Gradient: +7.8%, -7.9%


Please note courses are subject to change.

Detailed Course Descriptions are available for download here:

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